Top Ten Picks: Fictional Characters

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

This is a weekly feature here in this blog where I would be posting just about that -- my top 10 picks! Every week, there will be a different and specific topic given. I will then choose 10 of my favorites from that given category, create the list, and post them up here!
For week two, the topic will be on 'Fictional Characters.'
Remember, you can choose any! They do not necessarily have to be be from books. They can be from TV, movies, etc. You also don't have to put pictures and explanations. Listing them is perfect as it is, but if you want to do it like I'm doing, please feel free! :)

Here is mine. In no particular order:

Top Ten Favorite Fictional Characters

1. Severus Snape
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Snape is probably one of the most complex characters I have ever read about. You love to hate him, but secretly, you know you love him. I for one, never doubted him for a second, even when people kept saying, "It's over, he's a bad guy." Well... look how that turned out. If you've read and finished the series, you know what I'm talking about.

2. Ariel
The Little Mermaid (1989)
We all have our favorite Disney princess. Ariel's definitely mine. I remember for my 6th birthday, I had a 'Little Mermaid' themed everything -- cake, decors, gifts, music, and so many more! I was even "asked" to sing Part of Your World in front of the guests. I was a shy kid, but it was my birthday after all, so apparently, I didn't care.
I still smile everytime I get to reminisce and look at those old photographs -- it was so awesome.

3. Claire Abshire
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
I didn't really love the movie. I thought it was just okay. However, the book is one of my favorites, no doubt. Having said that, it's kind of a given too, that Claire Abshire would be one of my favorite fictional characters. To me, she is the epitome of the kind of wife everyone should strive to be -- loving, patient, and trusting. Along with that, I have to say, she is also my image of how a woman should be -- perfectly flawed but strong-willed and independent, who takes chances and does not fear failure. Even if she does fail or gets hurt, she gets back up, learns from the experience, and lives again.

4. Mary Lennox
from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- For my reasons, you can check out my post here.

5. Seth Cohen.
from The O.C.
To tell you the truth, I actually don't even like The O.C. that much. But I never stopped watching, mainly because Seth's story line is sooo good I knew I couldn't just ignore the show completely. And I am not ashamed about this one! He really is one of my favorite fictional characters -- not to mention, one of my crushes back when I was around 14-15years old. I admire anyone who can be geeky + cute -- err, hot -- at the same time!
Seth Cohen is: bubbly, funny, sarcastic, humorous, adorable, respectful, a good friend, a genuine guy, a sweet and loyal boyfriend to the girl of his dreams, and a self-proclaimed geek -- mainly with comic books, science fiction, and video games. These are qualities that you don't think would fit well, but actually do, if we're talking about this guy!

6. Josephine March
The Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
There is no doubt in my mind that Jo is my favorite March sister. She is vivacious, smart, self-confident, and independent. She is also the 'writer' in the family, and I think this fact alone was enough to make me fall in love with her. I was really young when I first read The Little Women, and I remember telling myself, "Someday I will just be like her." I will set off and sell my manuscript, meet fellow writers, and create my own journey. At the end of the day, I will come back home and see my family and friends, who are there supporting me all along. In the end, I will be thankful for the simple but incredible life that I have, just as Jo was.

7. Holly Golightly
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
loosely based on Capote's novel
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Sure, Holly Golightly is naive and eccentric. Oh, and she's a gold digger too. But who can deny her charm? Her poise? Her grace? Her style?
I honestly don't know anyone that does not like her. The fact that she was played by one of my biggest role models (ever) probably made me like Holly Golightly -- and this film -- even more.

8. Liesl Von Trapp
The Sound of Music (1965)
Don't get me wrong; I love Maria -- played by Julie Andrews. But there was something about Liesl -- the eldest child in the von Trapp family. Her character in the movie, started out as a young, innocent, and naive "damsel in distress," that didn't have a clue what to do with herself and her life. She complained a lot, and was also very dependent on her father and her 'boyfriend.' In just a few years though, she has grown to be a beautiful, independent, talented, and kind-hearted woman -- and the best sister and role model to all her siblings. Along with that transformation, she has also learned what truly matters most in life, and focuses on those, rather than on the petit things that don't even matter in the first place.

9. Wendy
Peter Pan (1953)
I love Wendy! To me, she is one of the most well-written and well-developed characters in all the Disney movies. She is unselfish, mature, independent, and wise for her age, and genuinely cares about others. She is such a real character though despite these strengths, as she still has many insecurities and fears. This makes me relate to her, and love her even more.
Sure, Peter Pan was about a boy who never wanted to grow up, who was accompanied by a very grumpy fairy, and who lived in a place called Neverland. To me though, it was more about Wendy's coming-of-age story.

10. Liesel Meminger
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
If you know me, you know that this is the novel I recommend everytime somebody asks me for a new, good read. This book did not fail, when it was recommended to me, and so far, it hasn't disappointed anyone, when I have suggested it to them.
I can't explain exactly why Liesel Meminger is one of my favorites. She just is. If you have read the book, I think you would get what I mean; she is pure, innocent, kind-hearted, and a loving individual. I ache for her story everytime I read about it.


There you have it! I didn't have a difficult time with this as much as I did with the 'Book Series' list, because these really are -- and have always been -- my all-time favorites! Who are yours? Again, if you would like to join in the fun, all you have to do is:

1. Do a post similar to this, listing all of your answers. It does not have to be in any particular order, and again, the characters do not have to be from books necessarily. They can be from TV, movies, etc.
2. Please sign the Mr. Linky box below. Enter the specific blog post URL that will lead directly to your actual post. It'll be a lot easier for us to find it! Also, you do not need to have "Top Ten Picks" as your title. Feel free to be creative!

Important: Your last day to answer this topic will be on April 5th, Monday. On April 6th, Tuesday, a week from now, the topic will change.

Can't wait to read yours! :)


  1. This was so fun to read and I am so excited you picked Snape as your number 1. I loved Snape from the first book on, so he has a special place in my heart.

  2. I added my picks to the list on my blog...hopefully Mr. Linky works and you can find it. If not, go to book addict reviews dot blogspot dot com

  3. Allie: Thanks for reading! Though this was put in no order whatsoever, I have to agree Snape is just timeless to me now no matter what.

    My 5 Monkeys(Julie): Can't wait to see your picks!

    @Heather: your link on Mr. Linky works! Thanks for joining, love your picks and that you agree with Jo March! Everyone really should read that wonderful book.

  4. Excellent list! The Book Thief is one of my favorite books of all time, and I'm so glad to see that my love of it is shared.

  5. Ohh- I will have to work on this one a bit! I thought of a couple quickly but it will take more thinking to get to ten. But if I add movies --I can do it! I'll link when I post it!
    I like your list and the pictures!

  6. I was first last week and now I'm lagging behind-- you are killing me with the limit of ten, Jillian!


  7. I really thought this was going to be hard but I realised I struggled to limit it to ten!

  8. @Anna: Thanks! The Book Thief is definitely one of my favorite books as well. I actually wanted to add 'Death' too, but I think he (or she? hmm..) might be on the top 20 list instead!

    @MarthaE: O0oh can't wait to read yours! And thank you!

    @Cozy Book Nook: It's okay, take your time! And I know, here it is again, Lesa. Time for runner-ups once more ;)

    @Chris and Jess: It is a bit of a struggle to limit yourself huh. Oh well, we gotta try! :) Love your picks! So glad to see 'Death' there!

  9. This is making me think about who would make it in my list. It's difficult, since I've read and loved so many books.

  10. what a fun idea :) some of my favorites are listed here. And Holly Golightly...what can you say? shes fantastic.

  11. I am impressed at how wide a range your favorite characters cover!
    I am now your proud 116th follower from Book Blogger Hop

  12. +JMJ+

    Great new badge! =D Did you make it yourself?

    Lesa, Jillian is killing me with the #10, too . . . but for the opposite reason! ;-)

  13. @Medeia: I'm curious to see who would be on yours if you ever made one. And it's true, it can be difficult, because there are just so many characters and books out there that we love.

    @naida: Thank you! Holly Golightly is timeless if I may say so myself :)

    @Elisabeth Marie: Thanks for following! And I love your blog as well, I just followed as well. Very easy to navigate, and love the color scheme!

    @E: Yes I attempted to do my own badge, wasn't sure if it looks nice or appealing? I just tried it out! haha.
    I'd love to see your list again, wonder if you can make it up to 10, knowing that this is difficult for you to do! :D

  14. Yeehaw!!! I did it and barely in the nick of time too! Jillian, you are going to be the death of me!!


  15. Awesome top 10!! I'm loving tackling these lists... mine favorite fictional characters are here.

  16. You are so right about Severus Snape. But let's us not spoil the fun for those who haven't read the book yet.... or watch the final installation of the movie.

  17. I was reading through you list, and when I reached Liesel Meminger, I got goosebumps just reading her name. The Book Thief is an awesome awesome book. I read that book months ago and Liesel Meminger is still haunting me.